In a first in India, a rare plant found in Kondaveedu forest in Andhra – The New Indian Express


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GUNTUR: Even though there is no record of this plant species ever found in the Indian subcontinent, Commelina erecta, commonly known as the white-mouthed dayflower, was recently discovered in the forest surrounding Kondaveedu Fort in the Guntur district. The grass is found in the Americas, Africa, and western Asia, and is considered the most variable Commelina species in North America.

Mr Mahendra Nath, the botanist who found the species to thrive in the forest, opined that the herb could have been introduced to the area during colonial times, as the fort and its surrounding hills have a checkered history dominated by the French and the British Colonists. “During our research, we learned that about 400 species of flora are present in the forest of the reserve, and 50% of them have medicinal properties, which could give impetus to ecotourism” , said Mahendra Nath.

The fort, a tourist hotspot in the region, and the forest-reserve that surrounds it are home to several rare medicinal plants. Herbs such as pashana bheda (Coleus barbatus), uttareni (Achyranthes aspera), maga mushti (Couroupita guianensis), visha mushti (Strychnos nux vomica) and kodispala (Trichosanthes cucumerina), which are useful in the treatment kidney ailments, hemorrhoids, fever viruses, spinal pain and diarrhea can be found there. “The Forestry Department should undertake enumeration of the flora and fauna of this region, which could help in future research,” he added.

An Ayush team of 35 experts who visited the area a year ago suggested that due to its rich habitat, a medicinal plant park could be established there. He also proposed an Ayurvedic health care and rejuvenation center at the top of the hill.


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